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    Actual Indian survivors of the Little Bighorn, Sioux and Cheyenne, participate in reenactment of the 1876 battle in 1926.

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    First photograph of Custer battlefield. July 1877. Taken at top of Last Stand Hill looking downhill towards LBH river which can be seen at the top of photo lined with trees. Horse skeletons in the foreground where troopers had shot them to use as barricades.

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    Story of Taffy 3. Heroic stand by out-gunned naval forces off Leyte Gulf. 1944. Good vid.

    Destroyer Samuel B. Roberts found.

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    More footage of Roberts discovery. Evidently sent to the bottom by the Yamato, the Japanese battleship.

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    Last surviving WW2 Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams dies at 98

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    Mr. Williams was one hell of a man. Godspeed, sir. Thank you for your awesome service.
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    WW II uncovered Don Rickles: US Navy Veteran of the Pacific Theater

    Donald Jay Rickles was born on May 8, 1926 in Queens New York. After graduating from Newtown High School in Elmhurst Queens, Don joined the US Navy as soon as he turned 18 years old. Originally, Don wanted to serve and entertain the troops with his quick sense of humor. That did not work out for him.

    After being stationed at the Naval Training Center in Sampson New York, Seaman 1st Class Don Rickles served on the USS Cyrene, a motor torpedo boat tender, that served as an escort around New Guinea and Leyte in the Pacific Theater.

    "I got to know a lot of really good people on that boat, a lot of good memories. But that is not what I signed up for. One day we were out shooting the guns, and all you hear is this loud "Boom! Boom! Boom!" and I told the guy in charge, "Hey I can entertain, you need to send me over to Special Services." You know what he said to me? "Keep firing!" -Don Rickles Navy Times June 10, 2015

    Don was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946. Unfortunately, he never made the USO tour - but Don had a military career that he could be proud of. That mattered a lot to him.

    After the war he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. With intentions of becoming a dramatic actor Rickles once again did not find his niche. He did however begin a career that would be one of the most epic in Hollywood as the original insult comic. No heckler ever stood a chance against the Merchant of Venom. Early in his career Don befriended Frank Sinatra - with Sinatra's help Rickles soon became a headliner in Las Vegas.

    In 1958, he made his film debut in 'Run Silent, Run Deep" with fellow World War II veterans Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. Don made his first appearance on the "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1965. Rickles would go on to join Johnny as a regular guest appearing in more than 100 episodes.

    By the mid-1960s Don Rickles parlayed his comedic styles to establish himself as one of the top comics in Hollywood. As an unofficial member of the Rat Pack, Rickles was a regular on the Dean Martin Roast Series and inked a deal with ABC for the The Don Rickles Show.

    In 1970 Don would portray the character of Supply Sergeant Crapgame in the World War II film "Kelly's Heroes." He also starred in C.P.O. Sharkey for two seasons on NBC in 1976.

    Don Rickles would go on to headline in many comedy specials but one of his most proud moments in his career was when he was asked to perform at Ronald Reagan's second inaugural celebration.

    In 1995, Rickles portrayed Billy Sherbert in Martin Scorsese's "Casino" and he would go on to lend his voice to Mr Potato Head in 'The Toy Story" trilogy.

    With a career that lasted over 60 years, Don Rickles finally realized his dream as a 18-year-old - not only did he entertain the troops of World War II - he would go on to entertain thousands of enlisted men and women for years to come.

    Seaman 1st Class Don Rickles passed away on April 6, 2017 at the age of 90 years old. He lies in rest at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles California. Lest We Forget.

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    In some of those Tonight Show appearances Rickles talked about some of his naval service and would give Carson a hard time. Johnny was an ensign who served on the USS Pennsylvania, a battleship that suffered minor damage at Pearl Harbor but went on to a busy WWII career.
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    Battleship Texas arrives in Port of Galveston for badly needed repairs/maintenance. Commissioned in 1914.

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